I read so many fantasy books as a child and teenager I started to think my life wouldn’t be amazing unless dragons attacked my little Wyoming valley. Or unless the fate of the world hinged on my brave choices. How unfair that I was stuck in a Muggle world! Couldn’t God see that lives in fantasy realms had so much more purpose? (You know, like…saving humanity from balrogs and such.)
A few years passed and I realized life was zipping by without me saving the world or traversing time with merely a walking stick (magical, of course.) It wasn’t until I read Jill Williamson’s Blood of Kings Trilogy that I realized…my life can be epic.
Plenty of real-life stories exist of adventures that stretch the mind, power that transcends our concept of reality, and experiences that leave us breathless. Just look at martyrs. Too morbid? How about missionaries? Adventurers? Travelers? Have you seen the 2014 movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty yet?
There are epic things in this world that don’t involve boggarts or white witches or aliens. It’s my job to find them because God didn’t create us to have boring lives. (Tweet this) Really, He didn’t. But it takes a lot of courage to pursue the epic.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“But I’m a stay-at-home mom!”
“But I have to work a desk job if I want to eat!”
“But I’m stuck in high school!”
“But I live in the most boring town ever and I’ll never leave.”
This is about the time I’m supposed to say, “Everything can be an adventure, even washing dishes!” and your heart kind of shrinks a little because I’m not inciting any sort of change or providing an answer. Well, I’m not going to say that (because you’re already thinking it.)
Epic adventures require pursuit — not just physical pursuit, but mental pursuit. (Tweet this!) They come from having the right mindset. God understands epic. He wrote the Bible. He invented the word. He put that desire in our hearts — the desire to be part of something great. And then He said, “I’m the answer. Come to me and I’ll take you there.” (Tweet this!)
“Now to him who is able to do far more than we ask or think, according tot he power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
Now when I pick up a fantasy, adventure, or survival book, instead of bemoaning my boring life I start pushing the boundaries in my own story, in my own thinking. Ever since this giant revelation that I can lead an epic life with God, my husband and I have completely re-worked our concepts of adventure.
It’s your turn. Don’t live vicariously through these beautiful fantasy books lining our shelves. Let them be reminders that God is calling you to be a warrior, an adventurer, a pilgrim. Figuratively and literally. (Tweet this)
What are your thoughts?
Post originally published in 2014 as a guest post on Ashlee Willis's blog.
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